September 11, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, geared to help readers and writers touch base and let them know what's up. If you want join in, you can find the link widget on Jaime's and Erin's blogs!

{Another beach photo from our Outer Banks trip. Le sigh!}

What I'm Reading
Now that my revisions are finished (for now!), I've been digging back into my reading pile. Wahoo, reading! My elementary school teachers would approve, methinks. I just started Butter by Erin Jade Lange, and I finished an adult sci-fi novella yesterday, Angel of Europa by Allen Steele. This book is a mystery set on Jupiter's moon Europa so I was hooked by the concept alone. (Space nerd alert! 'Tis me!) Due to its short length, I finished it in a few hours and I did enjoy it, but I felt like many of the female characters were stereotypes, either the sexy vixen man-eater or the tight-lipped, prudish nun. The writing and setting did suck me in though.

What I'm Writing
I've been taking a wee break since I sent in my manuscript on Monday evening! My brain is happy for a little reprieve, but I'm hoping to bang out a few chapters in my middle grade fantasy project. I re-read the first few pages after setting it aside for a month and I still like it! Fingers crossed this feeling stays for awhile.

What's Inspiring Me Right Now
As silly as it may sound, nature! I loved strolling down the beach when we were at the Outer Banks last week; there's something so calming and grounding about those ocean waves. I've also been watching Ken Burns' documentary on national parks, and so I've been dreaming about visit Glacier National Park or Crater Lake. One of my favorite family vacations was exploring Yellowstone and the Great Tetons back when I was in high school. I loved how small I felt amidst those majestic mountains, and how big my heart swelled every time I looked at them. 

What Else I've Been Up To
Going to the farmer's market! I know that sounds a little lame, but I look forward to the fresh crisp produce all week. After I get back from shopping, I've started a little ritual where I slice up the fruit (right now it's honeycrisp apples, tiny plums, and the sweetest nectarines you'll ever eat) and Justin and I make a lunch out of it. The apples coupled with aged gouda cheese are soooo tasty!

So what have you been up to lately?


  1. Congrats on getting your manuscript finished and submitted. I hope all goes well with that for you--that agent comments will be kind and helpful, your work will be adored by all who count, and you'll be well on your way to your next published novel in no time at all. :)

    And I have to say, apples and gouda cheese sounds wonderful! If we could afford to, we'd buy a lot more fresh fruit and veg--it just tastes so much better. I glanced over at your "After the Call" section, and I noticed a post asking what people plan to do with their first advance. I think I'd have my wife do a week's grocery shopping at The Fresh Market. Expensive, but so very tasty. :D

    Have a wonderful week, Caroline!

  2. Congratulations on submitting your manuscript. How exciting! Best of luck with it!, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to stare at those beautiful photos for the rest of my evening. WOW!

  3. Oh your Europa novella mention reminded me that if you like scary-ish space missions gone wrong movies/mysteries, there is a sci-fi pseudo-documentary movie called The Europa Report that looked interesting. I think it's available in the iTunes store. I saw the panel for it at Comic Con while I was waiting for the Divergent/Ender's Game panel! It was cool because the movie makers consulted with NASA scientists working on Europa projects to get the science & space travel right.

    Nature is absolutely inspiring! I love visiting national parks (even if I hate bugs), and I think a retreat somewhere kinda remote/naturey would be wonderful (beach is good too - your pic is gorgeous). :) Also, your farmer's market lunch sounds DELICIOUS.

    Congrats again on finishing those revisions! I hope you took a break because you deserve it!

  4. I'd love to visit a national part again someday. I went on vacation to Yellowstone a while back and it was so beautiful!

    Congratulations on finishing your revisions! :)

  5. Congrats on finishing your revisions and turning them in.

    I read Butter earlier this year. I loved it. I hope you do too.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Congrats on finishing revisions!! That must be a nice feeling. :) Love that beach photo. I can see why nature has been inspiring you. One of my favorite childhood memories was at Yosemite. It makes you feel small in a good way to be among towering trees and mountains and waterfall. Gorgeous.